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The Boll Weevil Monument

(alternate title: When life gives you dilemmas, make d'lemonade)

The boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) was indigenous to Mexico, but appeared in Alabama in 1915. By 1918 farmers were losing whole cotton crops to the beetle. H. M. Sessions saw this as an opportunity to convert the area to peanut farming. In 1916 he convinced C. W. Baston, an indebted farmer, to back his venture. The first crop paid off their debts and was bought by farmers seeking to change to peanut farming. Cotton was grown again, but farmers learned to diversify their crops, a practice which brought new money to Coffee County.

Bon Fleming, a local businessman, came up with the idea to build the monument, and helped to finance the total cost. As a tribute to how something disastrous can be a catalyst for change, and a reminder of how the people of Enterprise adjusted in the face of adversity, the monument was dedicated on December 11, 1919 at the intersection of College and Main Street, the heart of the town's business district.

read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boll_Weevil_Monument




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Michael Nystrom's picture

Alternately, when life hands you lemons, make beef stew

fast forward to the :26 mark if you're in a hurry.


http://youtu.be/DU7Ngr1P3Ic

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Checked your P.O. box lately?

:)

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

Perhaps the NWO is like a Boll Weevil...

A mindless little bug that can be defeated once and prevented from ever becoming strong again???

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

Great story!

Thanks for sharing!

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Blessing in Disguise

Perhaps in 4 years (ahem.) we will be building a monument to Sandy.

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

seems the statue should

have been dedicated to the Peanut who saved the farmers and not the Boll Weevil that caused all the destruction, maybe that is why it kept getting vandalized.

My mom always said to make "Lemonade from Lemons" when we are faced with hard times, it was her favorite expression.

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The point of the monument...

...is that the people and farmers were too dependent on one crop, and the Weevil helped them realize they had to diversify their crops.

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

Thanks,

I guess the best lessons are from the school of hard knocks.

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